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What: Vehicle maker Oshkosh
So what: An SEC filing revealed that Icahn and his affiliated funds purchased a 9.5% stake in Oshkosh between April 29 and June 30. The filing also stated that Icahn considers the shares undervalued and hopes to have discussions with management about ways to increase shareholder value -- e.g., the stock's return.
Now what: Even after today's pop, the stock trades at a mere five times trailing EPS and 9.9 times forward EPS and is down about 9% year to date. Earnings expectations are low due to concerns about the outlook for spending in two sectors that account for most of the company's revenue: defense and state and local government. In addition to Icahn's involvement, potential industry consolidation and/or Oshkosh's construction and specialty truck business could give more power to the stock.
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